Oatcakes, biscuits, cakes, bread and fancies

Those with a sweet tooth are well catered for in Orkney as the county has an abundance of craft bakeries and sweet manufacturers.

Shortbread made with Orkney butter is meltingly moreish, with dozens and dozens of other Orkney favourites produced by all the bakers on the islands. Argo’s Bakery in Stromness makes biscuits, bread, cakes and fancies and the ever popular Orkney Fudge. This confection, which comes in several flavours including a Highland Park Whisky variety, is well known outside Orkney. Here it is the key ingredient of one of the most popular desserts – Orkney Fudge cheesecake. Westray bakery WFM Brown hit the headlines when it created the Westray Wife shortbread, in the shape of the 5,000-year-old figurine found at a nearby archaeological dig. The firm also makes Fatty Cutties, a traditional biscuit with currants, which hails from the island. Argo's and WFM Brown's products are also available in outlets in Kirkwall. J & AG Rendall in Kirkwall's Willow Road is another well supported local baker with a range of innovative and traditional breads and cakes.

Known across Britain is the Stockan's Orkney Oatcake, baked in Stromness. These distinctive triangular oatcakes are made using a traditonal recipe and are also available in flavoured Mini rounds as well as a wheat-free variety.